Betty Jean Gelish

September 7, 1930November 21, 2021

Betty Jean Gelish, age 91, of West Peoria, Illinois passed away on Sunday, November 21, 2021 in Peoria.

Betty was born September 7, 1930 in Monticello, KY to Oliver Lee and Esther Pruda (Denney) Horton. She married John Gelish on January 5, 1962 in Joliet, IL and he preceded her in death in 1986. Also preceding her in death were her parents and six siblings, Gladys Goldstein, Gatha Humphreys, Geneva DeCrane, Bill Horton, Beecher Horton, and Bob Horton.

Surviving are several nieces, nephews, dear friends, and neighbors.

Betty served several terms as President of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 2 in Peoria as well as many chairmanships and was a past member of Auxiliary Pilot Club. She worked at Great Central Ins Company and retired from Illinois Mutual Ins Co in 1968. She was a member of St. Mark's Catholic Church in Peoria and loved to bowl and travel.

Per Betty's wishes cremation will be accorded and there will be no visitation or service. Burial of the urn will be at a later date at St. Mary's Cemetery in West Peoria. Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice or the American Heart Association. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Gelish family.


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Betty Jean Gelish

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